Brad Marchand scored his 50th career playoff goal, David Pastrnak and Jake DeBrusk also scored, and the NHL’s top Boston Bruins opened the playoffs by beating the Florida Panthers 3-1 on Monday night .

Linus Ullmark, a Vezina Trophy candidate who led the league in wins (40), goals-against average (1.89) and save percentage (.938), stopped 31 shots and Tyler Bertuzzi added two assists for Boston, which controlled the game. even with captain Patrice Bergeron will not participate due to illness.

Matthew Tkachuk scored for the Panthers and Alex Lyon made 26 saves, but allowed Marchand’s goal on a relatively easy shot.

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Garnet Hathaway #21 of the Boston Bruins and Colin White #6 of the Florida Panthers push each other during the second period of Game One of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 17, 2023 in Boston , Mass. (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Boston.

The Bruins captured the Presidents’ Trophy, setting NHL records for points (135) and wins (65). Florida, last season’s No. 1 seed, earned the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a late-season push.

It is the first playoff matchup between a No. 1 seed and the previous season’s Presidents winner since the award was introduced in 1985-86.

Pastrnak, a scorer of 61 goals this season, was on the opposite side on the right wing of his usual spot on the power play. Bertuzzi rebounded David Krejci’s shot in the slot and sent a quick backhand pass to Pastrnak, who sent the puck into the net at 5:58 of the first period.

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Lyon gave up the soft goal early in the second when Marchand fired a seemingly harmless shot from the top of the left circle. Lyon leaned in to catch it and his glove fell off, bouncing off the net after hitting the inside of the right post.

Soon after, the TD Garden crowd began serenading him with chants of «Lyon! Lyon!»

Florida cut the lead in half when Boston defenseman Dmitry Orlov sent a blind backhand pass directly in front, where Tkachuk picked it up and threw the puck past Ullmark at 6:34 of the second.

Jake DeBrusk #74 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal against Alex Lyon #34 of the Florida Panthers during the second period of Game One of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 17, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Jake DeBrusk #74 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal against Alex Lyon #34 of the Florida Panthers during the second period of Game One of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 17, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

DeBrusk restored the two-goal lead when he dove into a pile and lobbed the puck into the net from a scramble near the box late in the second.

As it did with so many opponents during its record-breaking season, Boston took down Florida in the third.

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The 30-year-old Lyon, undrafted and essentially a career minor leaguer, made a pair of splendid stops after Boston took their 1-0 lead, crossing to make a save at left pad in the Bertuzzi redirection from the edge of the box and sliding. to stop Trent Frederic’s chance. He robbed Frederic again late in the second.

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Bergeron left the regular-season finale in Montreal in the first period with an upper-body injury, then missed practice Saturday and Sunday.

«We’ve got not only Bergeron, but a couple of guys that have been bad,» coach Jim Montgomery said after the morning skate.

David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the first period of Game One of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 17, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts.

David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the first period of Game One of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 17, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

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NOTES: Krejci missed the last six games of the regular season with a lower-body injury. … Bruins D Derek Forbort returned to the lineup. He hadn’t played since mid-March due to a lower-body injury. D Matt Grzelcyk was a healthy scratch… Panthers C Aleksander Barkov was in the lineup after missing practice Sunday. … Florida G Sergei Bobrovsky, a two-time Vezina winner, was the backup. He has not played since March 27 due to a non-COVID illness. … Florida led the league in shots on goal per game with 36.82.